‘Kante nearly cost Chelsea victory over Tottenham – Sherwood slams Kante for what he did against Tottenham

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Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood believes Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante almost cost Chelsea a victory over Tottenham.

Kante, who just returned from a hamstring injury, replaced Mateo Kovacic after 74 minutes against Tottenham Hotspur.

According to Sherwood, Kante kept giving away possession of the ball to Tottenham Hotspur and it almost cost Chelsea.

“It’s not all about getting Kante on the pitch who can eat up the ground and win back the ball as quick as possible,” he said.

“When he came on, he nearly hurt them, Chelsea. He kept turning over possession at the wrong time.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is a huge admirer of Kante and believes the France international works best in a double-pivot.

“I think he’s the strongest in the double six, the centre and the heart of the game. Gives him little more freedom than when he plays a single six, what he can do,” Tuchel said.

“But for me he is a double six because we can use his energy and we can use his range and his volume in his game. His ability to recuperate and recover balls everywhere on the pitch.

“He is a guy who is a big, big helper for everybody, with the mentality of a helper, a water carrier, but at the same time a world-class player who played a crucial role in the World Cup win for France.

“That’s why he’s super important to have him and for me the double six is the best role because it gives him a bit more freedom than the single six which demands a bit more discipline on the position and maybe cuts his wings a little bit, but I am sure he can also play there.”

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